Asia/Africa update: September 19-20 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is winning friends in Kyrgyzstan. He met on Tuesday with Omurbek Babanov, one of the candidates who will be standing for president in Kyrgyzstan’s October 15 election, and was immediately accused by Bishkek of interfering with the election. Babanov is an opposition candidate, you see, and could be a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 19-20 2017

Let the madness end

Like most of the rest of the world, I am being emotionally held hostage by the presidential elections, so I hope you’ll forgive me if things aren’t very active around here today. I should be writing a piece for pay, but I can’t even focus well enough to do that and there’s potentially some money… Continue reading Let the madness end

It’s Trump Time in Tehran

I have very little interest in watching a Fox News personality tongue-bathe the most absurd presidential candidate this country has ever seen, so I may be skipping tonight’s debate. On the other hand, there’s a very good chance that a whole lot of Iranians will be seeing it, and frankly I think this is entirely… Continue reading It’s Trump Time in Tehran

The punch not thrown

If you’re looking for commentary on last night’s debate, I don’t have much for you. To any right-minded human being Donald Trump looked like a heavy-breathing, interrupting, gibberish-spewing moron–seriously, you try to figure out what this means–and that, of course, means that Trump’s base probably thinks he kicked ass. Trump’s problem is that, while there… Continue reading The punch not thrown

DEBATE 2016: Time, channels, and more

Many people are wondering what time the debate is tonight. In fact, people regularly come up to me and say, “Derek, you’re obviously very intelligent, so intelligent, and handsome! Can you tell us what time the debate is tonight, because the losers in the mainstream media”–and they’re just the worst, aren’t they? vile, wretched human… Continue reading DEBATE 2016: Time, channels, and more

Like looking in a mirror

Today in New York, a thin-skinned, narcissistic autocrat with dangerously violent tendencies tried to burnish his dubious foreign policy credentials by meeting with a high-profile foreign political leader. Oh, and Donald Trump was there too: Egypt’s president has been told the US would be a “loyal friend” to Egypt if Donald Trump is elected president,… Continue reading Like looking in a mirror

Meet the heretofore unknown “Never Trump” candidate who might just hand the election to Trump

Hey everybody, big news! “Principled Conservatives,” a term that Bill Kristol has used so often lately I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s had it tattooed across his back, have finally found their man to make an independent run against Donald Trump, and it’s big. Which intrepid and clearly well-known (otherwise it would be total folly… Continue reading Meet the heretofore unknown “Never Trump” candidate who might just hand the election to Trump